Thanks to its boxy body, the 2013 Jeep Patriot holds the upper hand over the otherwise nearly identical Compass in space, comfort, and usability, although it has some of the same drawbacks concerning noise and a pronounced lack of refinement.
Inside there's good passenger space for four, and the tall roofline makes entry and exit easy. You could potentially wedge a third into the middle position in back, but you'll be reminded that this is a compact vehicle. Seating comfort is lackluster, with somewhat unsupportive front seats and rather stuff, unpadded back-seat accommodations.
If you need cargo versatility, the Patriot is impressive; rear seatbacks fold forward nearly, and the front passenger seat even tips forward for long items.
The Patriot's Achilles' Heel—which some will find hard to accept—is the amount of noise and vibration that enters the cabin, as well as the hard, hollow plastic panels that line the cabin. Chrysler has in recent model years added a little more noise insulation, a padded armrest, and some bright trim rings to the climate-control knobs, but that wasn't enough to much improve the aura of econo-car cheapness that pervades this cabin.